ST ROBERT’S PARISH – PROPOSED CHANGES TO SOCIAL DISTANCING RE COVID-19
As a result of recent changes made by the Welsh Government and advice from the Bishops Conference of England and Wales, a risk assessment will be completed and submitted to the Archdiocese.
From A FUTURE DATE, HOPEFULLY IN OCTOBER, we propose the following guidelines will apply:
The first 7 pews on the left-hand side of the Church and the Chapel will be available for those wishing to maintain a social distance.
Please note that distancing in these pews will be reduced to one metre between bubble groups
(i.e., singles, couples and larger bubbles wishing to maintain a social distance).
As there will be a limited number of these places at Masses it will be essential to telephone the stewards should you wish to take advantage of these seats.
For those who choose not to use socially-distanced seating, they will no longer need to book places in advance as they do now. They will however be required to register name and contact telephone number on entering the church to attend services.
PROPOSED CHANGES TO RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION:
Holy Communion will be distributed as part of the Communion Rite and not at the end of Mass.
Stewards will guide members of the congregation to receive Communion, one pew at a time, thus avoiding queues and unnecessary close contact.
NO CHANGES PROPOSED to the following:
Wearing of face masks.
The requirement for hand sanitising as you enter and leave the church.
Track and trace registration.
One-way system – will remain for entering and leaving the Church.
Sign of Peace – contact remains suspended.
Collections – offertory collection as you enter the Church and retiring collection as you leave.
Holy Water Stoups will remain empty.
Cleaning remains a vital role in keeping surfaces COVID – free.
Congregational singing, Altar servers, Readers, Eucharistic Ministers.
A further risk assessment will need to be completed probably in mid November to assess the safety or otherwise of re-introducing some of the practices as yet unchanged.